Fantasia: Disney Classic Animation

The Fantasia and Fantasia 2000: 2-Movie Collection Special Edition

The magical, animated musical masterpiece and the contemporary classic inspired by it debut in highly anticipated Blu-ray High Definition and DVD 2-Movie Collection Special Editions.  These Disney films broke the boundaries of imagination in the highest quality possible.

Among those Blu-ray special features is the Oscar Award nominated short Destino. Available for the first time ever on Blu-ray, the seven minute film is the result of a unique collaboration between Walt Disney and Salvador Dali begun in 1946, but put on hold due to studio financial concerns.

In 2003, Roy E. Disney worked with a team of modern day animators to complete the film as a tribute to Walt’s pioneering artistic vision. Accompanying the highly anticipated short is an all-new feature length documentary entitled “Dali & Disney: A Date With Destino,” which explores the origins of the relationship between Disney and Dali, their collaboration on Destino, and ultimately how the film came to fruition so many years after its inception.

Fantasia, an unprecedented and magnificent feast of music and animated images, was initially released by the Studio in 1940 as a “road show” release.

The following year, at the 14th Oscar Awards, Fantasia earned two Special Awards. The first was given to Walt Disney and associates for their outstanding contribution to the advancement of the use of sound in motion pictures, being the first commercial film released in multi-channel sound using a process called Fantasound, and the second to conductor Leopold Stokowski and his associates “for…unique achievement in the creation of a new form of visualized music…thereby widening the scope of the motion picture as entertainment and as an art form.”

Considered avant-garde during its time, Fantasia has gone on to become one of the most popular movies of all time and today is considered a classic. In 1990, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” Featuring the Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by Stokowski, this groundbreaking film, which consists of animation set to eight musical pieces, is narrated by Deems Taylor and includes an appearance by Mickey Mouse (voiced by Disney himself).

Equally impressive is Fantasia 2000, the awe-inspiring extravaganza of sight and sound, executive produced by the late Roy E. Disney. Featuring an array of celebrity hosts including Steve Martin, Bette Midler, James Earl Jones, Penn and Teller, Angela Lansbury, Itzhak Perlman and Quincy Jones, the film, like its predecessor, expertly visualizes classical music compositions with various forms of animation and live-action introductions. Fantasia 2000 is primarily performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and conducted by James Levine.

Synopsis:

The dreams and visions of Walt Disney come to life in Fantasia, which blends music and film magic into an exhilarating movie-going experience. Unforgettable images are brought to life by some of the world’s best music, and highlighted by the comedy of Mickey Mouse as a troublemaking sorcerer’s apprentice, along with the beauty of winged fairies and cascading snowflakes, the majesty of Noah’s ark and even plump hippos performing ballet in tutus.

Motivated by his uncle’s foresight, Roy Disney continued the magic with Fantasia 2000 which begins where its predecessor left off. There are seven completely new segments, and viewers watch a bustling Depression-era metropolis in the style of Al Hirschfeld’s famous cartoons, a flock of flamingos with slapstick yo-yo talents, an ark full of animals gathered by Donald Duck as Noah’s first mate, and musical life breathed into a family of flying humpback whales.

Fantasia DVD Bonus Features:

•    New Audio Commentary with Disney historian Brian Sibley
•    Disney Family Museum (running time: approx. 5 minutes) – Walt’s daughter Diane Disney-Miller takes viewers on a tour of the new Disney Family Museum in San Francisco, California featuring a very large exhibit on Fantasia and most importantly, the Schultheis notebook with long lost Fantasia production notes found in more recent years in the walls of a convent.

Fantasia Blu-ray Bonus Features: Everything on the DVD plus:

•    Disney View – This viewing mode maximizes the Blu-ray viewing experience with a 16 x 9 aspect ratio. Original artwork created by a Disney artist, in a style that complements the beauty of the film.
•    The Shultheis Notebook: A Disney Treasure (running time: approx. 14 minutes) –An in depth look at the recently discovered Schultheis Notebook. The detailed log was created by Herman Schultheis, an effects man on Fantasia, and intricately breaks down the film from a technical view. Many of the special effects used in Fantasia were a mystery to modern day animators until this notebook was recovered.
•    Interactive Art Gallery and Screensavers – Viewers can explore the artwork of Fantasia as never before, in HD resolution with unique Blu-ray interactivity and programming.
•    Audio Commentaries from Fantasia Legacy Collection o With executive producer Roy E. Disney, conductor James Levine, animation historian
John Canemaker, and Scott McQueen, manager of film restoration.

  • Audio commentary with interviews and story note recreations by Walt Disney, hosted by John Canemaker.
  • Fantasia 2000 DVD Bonus Features:

    •    Musicana – Walt’s Inspiration for a Sequel (running time: approx. 10 minutes) – This documentary reveals rarely-seen art created for Musicana, a late 1970’s project intended as a Fantasia sequel with a focus on exploring other cultures via their greatest musical compositions. Viewers are offered a look at the origins of pieces that were started by Walt, such as “The Emperor and the Nightingale” which was then taken over by a very young John Lasseter. Ultimately, Musicana was stopped to begin production on “Mickey’s Christmas Carol,” but the memories of this piece still live on with the animators who conceived it.
    Fantasia 2000 Blu-ray Bonus Features: Everything on the DVD plus:

    •    Dali & Disney: A Date With Destino (running time: 82 minutes) – This feature length documentary explores the collaborative relationship between Walt Disney and Salvador Dali, revealing how and why the Destino short came to fruition under the lead of Roy E. Disney in 2003 so many years after its inception in 1946.
    •    Destino (running time: approx. 7 minutes) – The legacy of Walt Disney and Salvador Dali lives on in this highly anticipated short film.
    •    Disney’s Virtual Vault — BD-Live Feature Original DVD Bonus Features from Legacy Collection
    •    Audio Commentaries from Fantasia Legacy Collection (total running time: 84 minutes) With executive producer Roy E. Disney, conductor James Levine, and producer Don Ernst. Audio commentary with the directors and art directors for each segment.

    About Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment Combo Packs (Blu-ray + DVD in a single package):    To provide consumers with unprecedented quality, value and portability of their favorite Disney classics, in 2008 WDSHE pioneered the Combo Pack – Blu-ray Disc(s) plus a DVD in a single package. Classic Disney titles released as Combo Packs include Sleeping Beauty, Pinocchio and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
    The Fantasia and Fantasia 2000: 2-Movie Collection Special Edition Blu-rayTM + DVD Combo Pack is priced at $45.99 SRP and the 2-Disc DVD set is priced at $39.99 SRP.

    Blu-ray Discs Aspect ratio: Sound/Language Tracks:
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    DVDs: Aspect ratio:Fantasia – Sound/Language Tracks:
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    Fantasia – 1.33:1, Fantasia 2000 – 1.78:1 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 DEHT French and Spanish Language Tracks English SDH, French and Spanish
    1.33:1, Fantasia 2000 -1.78:1 5.1 Disney Enhanced Home Theater Mix (DEHT), 5.1 DEHT French and Spanish Language Tracks English SDH, French and Spanish Subtitles

    For more than 85 years, The Walt Disney Studios has been the foundation on which The Walt Disney Company (DIS: NYSE) was built. Today, the Studio brings quality movies, music and stage plays to consumers throughout the world. Feature films are released under four banners: Walt Disney Pictures, which includes Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios, Disneynature, Touchstone Pictures and Marvel. Through the Home Entertainment division, innovative distribution methods provide access to creative content across multiple platforms. Original music and motion picture soundtracks are produced under Walt Disney Records and Hollywood Records, while Disney Theatrical Group produces and licenses live events, including Broadway theatrical productions, Disney on Ice and Disney LIVE!.

WAKING SLEEPING BEAUTY
Buena Vista Home Entertainment

Far from a fairytale, Waking Sleeping Beauty is an unprecedented eye-opening look at the conflict, drama and tension that ushered in the second chapter of Disney’s animation legacy – a decade of unparalleled creativity that included The Little Mermaid, Beauty And The Beast, Aladdin and The Lion King. Told by the people who were actually there – Michael Eisner, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Roy E. Disney, John Lasseter and many more, Waking Sleeping Beauty is a behind-the-magic look at the people and circumstances that changed the face of animation forever. Available on DVD November 30th.

Bonus Features Include:
•    Why Wake Sleeping Beauty? Overview featurette
•    Deleted Scenes
Black Friday
Howard’s Lecture
Losing Howard
Recording ‘Part of Your World’
Research Tips
To Sir With Love
•    The Sailor, the Mountain Climber, the Artist and the Poet – Celebrating Roy Disney, Frank Wells, Joe Ranft and Howard Ashman
•    Studio Tours – Randy’s tours, Roger Rabbit studio, Oliver studio and the tour of the Animation Research Library
•    A Reunion – Rob Minkoff and Kirk Wise •    Walt – What would Walt do? A comparison of Walt’s era and the current era
•    Audio Commentary – View the film with commentary by director Don Hahn and producer Peter Schneider

STREET DATE:    November 30, 2010
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10/5/2010 10/19/2010 PG Approx. 86 minutes Widescreen (1.78.1) Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound English
1-Disc DVD $29.99

THE BOYS: THE SHERMAN BROTHERS STORY


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Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment

Their music is unforgettable. Their name is legend. The Boys: The Sherman Brothers’ Story is an intimate journey through the lives of Robert and Richard Sherman, the astoundingly prolific Academy Award®-winning songwriting team. While their songs – “A Spoonful Of Sugar (Mary Poppins)” and “I Want To Be Like You (Jungle Book),” to name a few – celebrated family entertainment and happy endings, their life together was not as harmonious. Go behind the scenes, including interviews with Dick Van Dyke, Angela Lansbury, Roy E. Disney and many more, for a fascinating glimpse into how Walt Disney used the language of music to bring the brothers together, creating a cinematic legacy like no other. With insightful bonus features, The Boys: The Sherman Brothers’ Story is a fascinating portrait of two immensely talented men who continue to enrich our lives. Available on DVD November 30th.

Bonus Features Include:
•    Why They’re “The Boys”—Through interviews with their friends and co-workers from
throughout the years, learn why Bob and Richard Sherman are called “The Boys” and, in
turn, why this film is called what it is called!
•    Disney Studios in the ’60’s—Take a look at the era of the legendary studio when the
Sherman Brothers were under contract and part of the life and culture of a creative
playground of animators, filmmakers and producers.
•    Casting Mary Poppins—Learn how Julie Andrews got the part of Mary Poppins from the
point of view of Bob and Richard and those who know them.
•    The Process—Join Richard Sherman for a look at the Sherman Brothers’ song writing
process.
•    Theme Parks—In addition to composing scores for many classic Disney movies, the
Sherman Brothers also wrote many popular songs for Disney theme parks. Learn how
they went about composing a song for rides such as “It’s a Small World.”
•    Roy Williams—Roy Williams was a Disney animator who had an office right next to the
Sherman Brothers. Through Roy’s artwork, we learn some of the stories of what it was like to work in the Animation Building in the 1960’s.
•    Bob’s Art—In addition to being an amazing lyricist, Bob Sherman’s other passion is painting. Here he shares his inspiration.
•    Celebration—A collection of testimonials from celebrities and Hollywood legends who share their experiences about the Sherman Brothers, this piece earned “The Boys” a special honor from the President of the United States.
•    Sherman Brothers’ Jukebox—This collection of Sherman Brothers songs — and stories behind the songs — provides a unique look into the extensive careers of Bob and Richard.
“Tall Paul” “Chim Chim Cher-ee”
“Feed the Birds”
“Gold Can Buy Anything (But Love)”
“There’s a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow”
“Jolly Holiday”
“Oh, Gee, Georgie!” (performed by Eddie Cantor, 1924)
“Up, Down and Touch The Ground”
“A Spoonful of Sugar,” performed on the guitar by Laurence Juber
“Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”
“Ugly Bug Ball” Der Wienerschnitzel Commercial

STREET DATE:    November 30, 2010
Direct Prebook: Distributor Prebook: Rated: Run Time:
Video: Audio
DVD Subtitles: SRP:
10/5/2010 10/19/2010 PG Approx. 1:41 minutes Widescreen (1.78.1) Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound Doliby Digital 2.0 – Spanish English, Spanish,
1-Disc DVD $29.99

WALT & EL GRUPO


Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment

It was 1941 – a critical time for the world and for the Walt Disney Studios. When the U.S. Government asked Disney to be a cultural ambassador to South America, the stage was set for Walt’s very own real-life adventure. With a group of handpicked artists, later called “El Grupo,” Disney’s WWII road trip achieved the impossible – goodwill – and in the process paved the way for two classic Disney films, Saludos Amigos and The Three Caballeros. Brought to life through rare footage and enriched with never-before-seen bonus features, Walt & El Grupo is a story of inspiration, joy and hope you won’t soon forget. Available on DVD November 30th.

Bonus Features Include:
•    Audio Commentary—With director Theodore Thomas and historian J.B. Kaufman.
•    Photos in Motion—How the photos shown from the original journey transcended time
and literally came to life through technology
•    From the Director’s Cut
Home Movies for the Big Screen—The 16mm Kodachrome footage shot by El
Grupo was originally intended to be reference material. With the making of Saludos Amigos and The Three Caballeros after the trip, these “home movies” took on unexpected importance.
My Father’s Generation—The return voyage from South America on the SS Santa Clara is the setting to understand some of the remarkable qualities of the Disney group and their generation. Cecilia Acle, daughter of a Chilean passenger, and Cindy Garcia, daughter of Disney storyman Ted Sears, tell the story.
Artists and Politicians—In a return to the Urca Casino, conductor and music historian Roberto Gnattali reflects on the golden age of the samba and the Brazilian government at the time.
•    SALUDOS AMIGOS Original 1942 Release—One of the films inspired by Walt & El Grupo’s trip to South America in its original form.
•    Original Theater Trailers Saludos Amigos (1942) The Three Caballeros (1944)